“Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.”
On the 87th anniversary of the tournament she won twice, Althea Gibson was honored with a special Google home page this week.
Althea was the first African American athlete to enter international tennis. She was the also the first to win a Grand Slam title.
She went on to win a total of FIVE Grand Slams. Like. A. Rock. Star.
While Althea didn’t embrace the symbol she represented to others, the U.S. Open honored her achievements in 2007, along with the Williams sisters and other celebrities.
“I have all the opportunities today because of people like Althea. Just trying to follow in her footsteps,” Venus Williams said.
As Althea said, we all get help from someone.
Who broke barriers for you? Pay homage today.
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